James Ramos

Professional Expertise

Groundwater Quality Sampling
Surface Water Quality Sampling
Data Collection, Entry, and Management
GIS Mapping

Professional Affiliations

Florida Stormwater Association
URISA

Groundwater Water Quality Monitoring of the Micco Project Area
Brevard County
Brevard County, Florida
2018-ongoing

Analysis of Onsite Wastewater-treatment Systems (OSTDS) Potential Loading Impact to the Indian River Lagoon and Connected Waterways in Brevard County
Brevard County
Brevard County, Florida
2018-ongoing

Groundwater Sampling and Model for the Breeze Swept Subdivision Septic System Connection
City of Rockledge
Rockledge, Florida
2017-ongoing

Groundwater Pollution: Engaging the Community in Solutions
Marine Resources Council for Brevard County/FDEP
Brevard County, Florida
2017-ongoing

Surface Water Quality Sampling for TMDL Prioritization
City of Indian Harbour Beach
Brevard County, Florida
2017-ongoing

James Ramos II, B.S.
Field Technician
Applied Ecology, Inc.

Education

• B.S. Rangeland Management and Ecology with a Minor on Soil Science, Oregon State University, cum laude, 2012

Summary

James Ramos received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Rangeland Management and Ecology, with a minor in Soil Science, from Oregon State University. During his undergraduate career, Mr. Ramos gained both field experience and ArcGIS experience in conducting fluvial analyses. He has extended his skills into other GIS applications at Applied Ecology to support GIS data development for modeling projects and mapping efforts.

 

He has experience in a variety of fields, having volunteered with the Florida Institute of Technology’s Coastal Geology Department, where he assisted in field collection, laboratory processing, data processing, and data analysis for a geological assessment of a near shore berm. Additionally, he has gained laboratory experience in sediment processing and analysis, while supporting paleoecological research efforts at Florida Institute of Technology.

 

Previously, Mr. Ramos worked with the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon as a Range Technician where he developed his skills in field data collection, management, and familiarity with safety protocols. During his year at Applied Ecology, Inc. as a field technician, Mr. Ramos has applied and extensively expanded these skills into the water quality monitoring field. He is involved in all ongoing water quality sampling projects such as surface water sampling for the City of Indian Harbour Beach, groundwater sampling for a countywide modeling and monitoring study, as well as several performance-based sampling efforts.

 

Highlighted skills include: Groundwater sampling, surface water sampling, data entry, SOP implementation.

Selected Recent Project Experience

Field Technician. Applied Ecology was contracted by Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department to provide Performance Measurement and Monitoring Services associated with the first prioritized commercial Septic-to-Sewer Conversion Project funded by the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan (SOIRLPP). This septic to sewer retrofit is unique due to its land use, dominated by a mixture of commercial and industrial properties (warehouses, marinas, office buildings, gas station, convenience stores, restaurants, garages, small shopping complexes, among others), low-density single family residences, and vacant parcels. The goal of the project is to implement a scientifically sound methodology to measure changes in groundwater pollution concentrations  both before and after the Micco retrofiting has been implemented. Mr. Ramos’s task included water quality sampling, field data collection, and data entry.

 

Field Technician. In response to the deterioration of the health of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) along Florida’s east coast, Brevard County residents approved a sales tax referendum in 2016 to fund the Save our Indian River Lagoon (SOIRL) Project Plan. Solutions to restore the IRL include pollution prevention measures, many implemented through local ordinances. This project includes a community-based prioritization effort using geospatial modeling to estimate groundwater pollution potential, and distance to nearby utilities for residential communities on septic within Brevard County’s IRL watershed. Extensive predictive modeling efforts utilizing the ArcNLET based groundwater transport (an ArcObjects model) with site-specific information for the watershed was undertaken to determine the minimum buffer required to effectively protect the IRL from nitrogen loads from septic systems. Recommendations based on the GIS analysis were statistically validated with Monte Carlo simulations and used to support a new septic ordinance within Brevard County. Subsequent spatial analyses were performed to provide the County with an estimate of level and distribution of impact of the ordinance on future development. Analysis using a combination of spatial tools and modeling, including groundwater transport predictions and optimized Hotspot Analysis, is underway to identify communities/individual parcels of interest by ranking the potential of contamination to groundwater from these septic sources.Mr. Ramos assisted in GIS data development.

 

Field Technician. Critical modeling and monitoring project that compares groundwater quality in a septic to sewer conversion site in the North Indian River Lagoon watershed, critical to prioritize funding from the Save our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan.  The project included an initial custom model run and comparison of results to peer reviewed data, well siting and installation of 5 shallow groundwater wells, monitoring, and model calibration using hydraulic head and nitrogen concentration data. This is the first project to design sampling to quantify the potential reduction of ammonia and nitrate-nitrite loads into an impaired waterbody by connecting a community from septic to sanitary sewer. Mr. Ramos’s task included water quality sampling, field data collection, and data entry.

 

Field Technician. The legislative-funded groundwater pollution modeling project addresses the need to provide a priority plan to identify the critical areas where groundwater contamination is most likely impacting the Indian River Lagoon. Dr. Listopad designed this long-term study and is currently leading the GIS spatial data acquisition and modeling efforts, as well as implementing the groundwater data collection tasks. Mr. Ramos’s task included water quality sampling, field data collection, and data entry.

 

Field Technician. Development and implementation of a surface water quality sampling plan to prioritize the implementation of additional projects (BMPs) to improve the water quality of the Banana River and Indian River Lagoon. The focus on the sampling will be on nutrient data, since the current TMDL is based on seagrass impairment caused by eutrophication.  The project includes site and parameter selection, sampling of in situ parameters and laboratory parameters using FDEP approved SOPs, data analysis and reporting. Mr. Ramos’s task included water quality sampling, field data collection, and data entry.